Parlamentariske høringers betydning for embedsmandsrollen i Danmark

Louise Grøndahl Ritter

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study aims to provide knowledge about Parliamentary Hearings in Denmark and what significance they can have on The Civil Service.
Parliamentary hearings is an institutional tool that can be used by the members of The Danish Parlament to interview the Civil Service in situations where there are doubts about the minister’s work. However, the tool has not been adopted yet by The Danish Parlament but is debated at this time whether it should be introduced in the Danish political system.

Parliamentary hearings is described in this study on the basis of the Norwegian model, which provides a special opportunity to question The Civil Servise when there are doubts about the ministers work. These hearings offer the opportunity to interview The Civil Service, Ministers and private individuals in Norway. However, it is only a part of the debate in Denmark to involve The Civil Serrvice.

The role of The Civil Service is expressed in many different forms in the discussion of The Parlamentary Hearings. Values, incentives and professional norms can influence the behavior of The Civil Service, which can be expressed in the role he or she plays in the situation where they are subjects for The Parlamentary Heraings.
Since norms and values arise individually in humans, one must expect these to have an
essential effect on how The Civil Service play the role and "manages" The Parlamentary Hearings.

The Parliamentary Hearings has been debated in Denmark since 1996. They are therefore not a new idea between experts and politicians. But the debate has taken a new turn after a new report was published in October 2018. The report contained recommendations against adopting The Parliamentary Hearings in the Danish system because of the highly risk for the neutrality at The Civil Service would declined.

As the hearings can have an important impact on The Civil Service work and behavior it is interesting to investigate how these hearings can affect the role. In order to gain knowledge about The Parliamentary Hearings and the role of The Civil Servise, I have chosen to design the study in a qualitative design to make use of the famous document analysis, which is a strong methodology to investigate policy documents. The method contributes to a structured and reflected analysis that opens up knowledge gaps of the political debate and the associated hearings.

The study also involves a litteraturreview which indicates The Civil Service historical development, their values and proffesional norms that can have an influence on their behaviour and the roles in which they perform.
The analysis leads to a discussion about the different roles and can therefore provide the reader an impression of what to be aware of if these hearings takes place in Denmark.

UddannelserForvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 dec. 2017
Antal sider33
VejlederePernille Boye Koch


  • Embedsværk
  • Embedsmand
  • parlamentariske høringer